Our Purpose & Beliefs
 

The Bible teaches us that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God and were verbally and plenarily inspired. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed, and are the final authority for faith and life.  The King James Version of the Bible is the official translation used in all of our preaching and teaching (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalms 119:89).

The Bible teaches us that there is one Godhead and three distinct persons in that Godhead.  There is one living and true God, who is infinite and intelligent.  The three persons of that Godhead are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 8:6; John 15:26; Ephesians 4:6; 1 John 5:7).

The Bible teaches us that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. He became man, yet He never ceased to be God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born to the virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6).

The Bible teaches us that Jesus accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection (Acts 2:18-36; Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 1:3-5).

The Bible teaches us that Jesus ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our high priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2).

The Bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, and indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13-14).

The Bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures, and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 1:17-18; Ephesians 5:18).

The Bible teaches us that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors, but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of other angels. He is now the malignant prince of the power of the air.  He is man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, and the author of all the powers of darkness (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Revelation 19:11).

The Bible teaches us that God created the world in six literal days and that man was created directly in God’s own image after His own likeness.  Man’s creation was not a means of a evolutionary process, nor did man develop through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms (Genesis 1:1,11,24,26-27; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17).

The Bible teaches us that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression in Adam’s sin, the human race fell from its sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all men inherit a sinful nature, and are alienated from God, and that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.  Therefore, man is under just condemnation (Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 3:10-23).

The Bible teaches us that salvation from sin is a gift of God brought to man wholly by grace received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who, by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins.  Salvation is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:24-25; Isaiah 53: 4-7, 11-12).

The Bible teaches us that the great Gospel blessing, which Christ secures to such as believe in Him, is justification. Justification includes the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life that it is bestowed, not in consideration of works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood. His righteousness is imputed to us (Acts 13:39; Romans 1:17; Romans 4:1-8).

The Bible teaches us that all believers that are redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,38,39; 1 Peter 1:4-5).

The Bible teaches us that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again, baptized persons, associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel.  The local church is to be autonomous and to govern its own affairs (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 15:19-31; Acts 20:17-28).

The Bible teaches us that the two ordinances of the local church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42).

The Bible teaches us that the true mission of the Church is to fulfill the Great Commission: to make individual disciples, to build up the church, and to teach and instruct, as Jesus Christ has commanded (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).

The Bible teaches us that all saved individuals should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that separation from religious apostasy and all worldly and sinful pleasures and practices is commanded by God (Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 6:14-17; I John 2:15-17).

The Bible teaches us that the personal, imminent return of Christ is our “blessed hope.”  He will rapture His Church prior to the tribulation period.  At the end of this period, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints to establish His earthly, Messianic Kingdom (Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; Revelation 19:11-16).